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DJI Osmo Pocket Review

Chris was not a big fan of videos until he got DJI Osmo pocket to his hands. This camera is so small and so flexible that you can record great youtube videos only with this. And it is 4K. After using it for a couple of weeks, we have fallen in love and decided that we don’t need anything else. DJI Osmo Pocket is enough for most of the tasks on the road trip. And we decided to share our experience with you in this short DJI Osmo Pocket Review.

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Build and design

As we mentioned at the beginning of this DJI Osmo Pocket Review, we were shocked that with this size camera, you can record stable 4K video of quality comparable to professional gear! Ok, we understand that the sensor is tiny, so you can’t compare it to much bigger sensors. It must be different, but still – if size matters, there is nothing better than DJI Osmo Pocket.

djo osmo pocket in horseshoe band

It might look strange at first sight, but when you start to use it, this vertical design turns out to be very practical and comfortable. You might not call it beautiful, but for sure, we can call it handy and neat. Moreover, you can use it for a secret video recording – most of the people wouldn’t even notice that you are recording them with this tiny camera. Of course, we do not recommend such an approach, but still, we only mention that this is possible in case you would ever need it.

When you turn it off, the gimbal and the optics itself fold the elegant way to protect it before damage, and you can put it into the cover. The recent one is hard and protects the device well even if it happens to you to fall it to the ground. It survived over three months on our not easy road trip. And due to the small size, we usually find the camera in the most odd places. This cover is very well designed and fulfills its purpose.

Hiking with DJI Osmo Pocket

The best thing is that this size camera easily fits in every pocket. It means that when we are hiking with backpacks and everything, it is effortless to hide it anywhere, and it’s always ready when needed. You do not need to take off your backpack and look for it there. We use it more like a phone. It’s always at hand, and if there’s an urgent situation, we can immediately take it and start recording. Quality, of course, is better than with the phone, not to mention stability…

hiking with dji osmo pocket

Due to the fact that gimbal is the core of the DJI Osmo Pocket, we are happy to have smoother video and additiona functions to choose from. We like motion time lapses, but mainly we love active face tracking. It’s much better than separate gimbals that you buy to mount your phone or camera on them. This solution is integrated and you have everything together. Thanks to this you reach much faster transfer rates. Gimbal stabilization beyond everything gives you much better picture quality than electrion stabilization what is crucial to your videos.

Phone integration

It’s worth to mention that the screen on the camera itself is really tiny due to the size of DJI Osmo Pocket. Some people might find it hard to see. Even worse is to use the touch screen functionality of this small screen in particular if you have big fingers like Chris. But in this situation, there’s something that we love in this design — the adjustable socket to connect your phone. DJI Osmo Pocket comes with two different connectors: USB-C and Lightning. First, you mount the proper adapter to your camera, and then you can connect your phone to the adapter. With this solution, you can use the bigger screen of your phone to touch and see. Of course it’s a little bigger now, but still very handy.

The last but not least thing we love in this design is memory card access. You can pull it from the camera without removing the cover. A similar approach is used to a charging socket. It might be connected to the charger with the cover on. These design ideas are improving the overall usage comfort of DJI Osmo Pocket. Good job, DJI!

Video and photo quality

Can such a small camera record good quality 4K video someone asked me? Yes, I answered. Why not? The sensor in the camera is larger than the ones used in the best phones (from camera perspective). The larger sensor always means better quality. And if. You add fantastic gimbal to this sensor, and you got a perfect video blogger tool. The tool can be useful as well for traveling photographers like us.

The sensor size in DJI Osmo Pocket that we describe in this review has size 1/2.3″ CMOS and is capable of recording 12Mpix of data. You can compare it to the iPhone X sensor that has size 1/2.33″. DJI has a lens with f/2.0 aperture and can transfer data from the sensor to the memory with a speed of 100Mbps maximum. Finally, it gives you a video quality of 4K that is better than the one from the most popular smartphones and, besides, is stabilized with professional gimbal as we mentioned before this solution is much better than all those miraculous so-called OIS or EIS or other strange things.

This is one of our videos recorded completely with DJI Osmo Pocket

Ok, we must be honest, so it must be told that competition might have a better (but bigger) optics. For example, barrel distortion in the case of DJI Osmo Pocket might be too big. But who will notice it in the youtube video? This solution is not designed for pixel peepers. If you are using DJI Osmo Pocket, it means you want a small camera, and the stabilization capability is more important than the super perfect picture quality.

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Photo taken with DJI Osmo Pocket (resized and compressed)
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Photo taken with Iphone X (resized and compressed)

The audio might be a problem with this small gadget. It’s not very bad, and we recorded a lot of dialogues using the camera itself, but if you want to use it properly and have good voice quality, you should use an external mic. Otherwise, the voice won’t be very clear even if you keep the camera in a way that it catches most of the sound correctly. Sorry that we did not include audio recording test in this DJI Osmo Pocket, but the idea was to keep the review short and simple.

DJI Mimo App

This app was prepared specially for the DJI Osmo Pocket camera. We will go quickly through all the option you have in the app:

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On the left side of the screen

  Here, you will find DJI product tutorials, great for beginners to familiarize themselves with the camera. You can register the new camera and change a couple of your settings of the DJI account.

Fast or Slow Follow. Here you can set up how fast objects are you trying to follow with the camera. It adjusts itself to this speed to get optimum video quality. Tilt Locked/FPV Mode/Follow – in the first option, and you have locked your tilt. The second one is like FPV in computer games – it looks where you point your camera, gimbal standstill. The third options mean that the camera very smoothly follows your movement.

Auto (automatic settings of ISO/Shutter/EV) or Manual – you can decide how to set your ISO, shutter, and EV correction, so it’s very creative, and you can do everything you imagine in this mode.

Here, you can set up your resolution, video frame rate, and compression quality. 

Different settings for your video like Video Format, White Balance, Anti-Flicker, Volume Amplification Level, Noise Reduction, Grid (helps to adjust your frame properly), Overexposed (shows what is overexposed on the recording with zebra pattern), Histogram (you can move it anywhere on the screen) and Focus mode (AF Continous or AF Single).

You can choose between Gimbal Easy Control or Calibrate your Gimbal with Auto Calibration option.

In this menu, you can check the firmware version, SD Card Capacity, and Format SD Card.

dji osmo pocket toroweap

On The right side of the screen (from the bottom)

Shows all your currently recorded files that you can easily playback.

Start/stop recording. No explanation needed.

It always recenter your camera.

Button to reverse your camera towards you. Should start tracking your face automatically.

On the very right side of the screen – shooting modes

Pano – You will have two kinds of panorama (new icon on the left side of the screen will appear). One mode is a 180-degree panorama, and the second is 3×3 panorama – in this mode, it will take nine photos and stitches them automatically to one big picture. It will change three dots options, as well. Now you will have to choose some photo settings (instead of the video we talked about before).

dji osmo pocket taken panorama from 9 images
Example of 360 Panorama taken with DJI Osmo Pocket

Photo – On the left, it will appear the timer menu, where you can select different time options for the picture. You will have a new option called Glamour Effects. It smoothens the skin to low/moderate or high. We do not recommend using it.

Video – Regular video recording.

Slowmotion – In this mode, camera crops the picture. Quality is not good, so we don’t advise you to use this mode.

Timelapse – In this mode, the camera doesn’t crop the picture. Here you will have the option to set intervals. It merely means how often your device will record frames. You can choose the duration of the timelapse between 5 min and 5 hours. It will show you the time of the final video on the top. Another great option is that you can set the path as well. It allows you to start your timelapse from one point and finish it on another one. It will move during timelapse recording very smoothly. This is a really great feature that we love.

Hyperlapse – In this mode you will get accelerated timelapse. We love this effect!

DJI Osmo pocket Hyperlapse example

What’s in the box and specification

DJI’s Osmo Pocket is the smallest and addition to the Osmo family. It is tiny and portable. It has a lot of easy-to-use built-in functions and works with the Mimo app on your phone. With this set, you can record anything around you literally, and it doesn’t matter if it’s connected to your phone or not. It can work both modes. There is as well a bunch of accessories you can add to your setup to make it even more fun. We will list them in this DJI Osmo Pocket review.

In the box

In the box you will find:

  • Osmo Pocket ×1
  • Cover ×1
  • Lanyard ×1
  • Power Cable ×1
  • Smartphone Adapter (USB-C) ×1
  • Smartphone Adapter (Lightning) ×1

Specification

Roughly the size of a candy bar and weighing just 116 g. is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed.

General:

  • Dimensions: 121.9×36.9×28.6 mm
  • Weight: 116 g

Battery:

  • Battery: LiPo 875 mAh,
  • Charging time: 73 mins (When using a 10W charger)
  • Operating time: 140 mins (When shooting 1080p/30 fps video)
  • Operating temperature: 0°-40° C (32°-104° F)

Gimball:

  • Gimball controllable range: Pan: -230° to +50°, Tilt: -95° to 50°, Roll: ±45°
  • Max controllable speed: 120°/s
  • Angular vibration range: ±0.02°

Camera:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3” CMOS, effective pixels: 12M
  • Lens: FOV:80° F2.0, format equivalent: 26mm
  • ISO Range: 100-3200
  • Electronic Shutter Speed: 8s-1/8000s
  • Max Image Size: 4000×3000 pixels
  • Still Photography modes: Single Shot, Panorama, Timelapse, Motionlapse, Hyperlapse
  • Video resolution: 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p, FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
  • Video Recording Modes: Auto, Slow Motion
  • Max Video Bitrate: 100 Mbps
  • Supported File Formats: FAT32, exFAT
  • Photo formats: JPG, DNG
  • Video formats: MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264)
  • Supported SD Cards: MicroSDMax up to 256 GB
  • Audio Output: 48 KHzAAC

DJI Osmo Pocket Accessories

DJI Osmo Pocket itself comes pretty poorly, but you have a bunch of accessories you can add to your set to dramatically expand your shooting capabilities. Let’s quickly review them:

DJI Osmo Pocket itself comes pretty poorly, but you have a bunch of accessories you can add to your set to dramatically expand your shooting capabilities. Let’s quickly review them:


  • Controller Wheel – this gadget provides precise gimbal control and quick navigation through different shooting modes. It allows you to pan and control tilt precisely.
  • Wireless Module – allows you to connect your phone without cable, over BT, or/and WiFI. We don’t see any reason for wireless connection in the case of DJI Osmo Pocket. Maybe the only reason might be the handsfree vlogging.
  • Accessory Mount – this is one of the most useful accessories allowing you to attach the camera to helmet, board, or bike handlebar. With this mount, DJI Osmo Pocket is getting close to Go Pro.
  • Extension Rod – with this 80cm (Expandable to 500mm) telescopic rod, you can shoot with different angles and with the six buttons on the handle, precisely control the gimbal.
  • Charging Case – impressive 1500mAh of power for longer shooting time.
  • Waterproof Case – this case is water-resistant at depths of up to 60 m. The anti-fog inserts effectively prevents the case from fogging up. It looks to be very useful if you like diving.
  • ND Filters Set – for use in high-exposure environments. One of the most critical accessory.
  • 3.5mm Adapter – for use with an external microphone. Another very import stuff if you want to record very professional videos with this small camera.

Our Verdict

We are delighted with this small camera. Carrying heavy backpacks with all semi-professional photo gear doesn’t allow us to add anything heavier than DJI Osmo Pocket. Please see below our review rating of this DJI Osmo Pocket.

DJI Osmo Pocket

9

9.0/10

Pros

  • size
  • flexibility
  • video quality
  • stabilization
  • ease of use

Cons

  • audio quality
  • rare overheating problem

10 Comments

  1. I have seen people using the Dji Osmo. I would think the size would be a huge benefit. It would be so helpful to have it handy and not have to keep putting it away and getting it back out. It’s really helpful that you shared all the options in the app. I’m not very tech savvy so whenever I get a new product I have a hard time figuring out how to use it. 

  2. We were tempted when we first saw this camera announced.  The small size was a great draw for sure.  Great stabilization and active face tracking certainly sounds like a great selling feature.  Good to know we should get an external mic.  We are not doing much video at this time.  So I still wonder how much we would use the camera.  

    1. So you are like me before buying the camera! I was preferably photography oriented, but after putting my hands on this tiny gadget, I am in the video as well! You should try it somewhere! I’m sure you will fall in love as I did.

  3. I love how compact this is. I am always looking for something that is small in size but still provides quality.  And I think this is the perfect compromise. The image stabilization is probably my favorite feature. And I am glad that you can use your phone to control some of it as having to use a touch screen in a device that small might get frustrating. 

  4. DJI Osmo pocket camera for recording video really looks worth and especially when you are going for a hike. I love this kind of recorder that are very light and easy to use. It is good that it can record upto stable 4K video and that too equally comparable with professional gear.  Good to know that it is capable of recording 12Mpix of data and thanks for sharing on all tips about how to handle it with different features and modes in it. 

  5. Size does matter and I love that the DJI Osmo Pocket is small enough to fit in my
    pocket. Even better that I connect it to my phone for a larger screen. This
    sounds like a great travel camera for me… Christmas gift idea!

  6. This seems like such a nifty camera. The app would make it so easy to navigate also. With the different panorama modes, this must be a great camera to shoot scenery and landscapes especially from elevated places.

  7. This is very timely since my husband wants to get a new cam for his tutorial videos. Love that it has a phone integration feature and its picture quality is really good. Thank you for sharing this honest review. You saved me lots of time looking for a perfect Christmas gift for him. 

  8. I hadn’t thought about getting a smaller camera, but wow, this one really seems to pack a lot of features. Thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities. I could especially use a video camera with a gimbal to help with unsteadiness.

  9. My very good friend uses DJI Osmo Pocket and he can’t stop raving about it. I love how compact it is and still provides great quality footage.  The image stabilization and having control over your phone are my favourite features. I love the fact that the video quality is so much in sync with DJI Pro Maverick. And, it’s very useful during post production. 

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